ApeX Music Lessons

ApeX Music Lessons

5.0 (7)
5 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
36 years in business

About this pro

As a lifelong lover of music, I've been actively studying and pursuing it for the past forty years. I have copious amounts of songwriting, recording, and performing experience. I've been an instructor and mentor during a majority of this period as well. My foray into teaching began in high school when I became a student teacher in Beginning Classical Guitar. Since this time, I have worked with a diverse range of ages and abilities in my quest to share the love of music.   

My formal musical training coupled with my years of practical application have given me a broad base of knowledge in the world of music that I wish to share with willing students.    

Helping others to unlock and foster a deeper relationship with music. I view music as a tool to access vast amounts of creative input and output. Personally, it has served to be one of my most vital emotional outlets.

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Tempe, AZ 85282
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7 Reviews


  • Tori Fraga

    I love that John will get a technical as you want to go. For me, I was wanting something nice and light and he helped me learn the correct fingers to use, chords, and some scales to practice. He even taught me how to change the strings on my guitar!! Super chill dude and doesn't make you feel guilty if you can't practice that much. Totally recommend!

  • Ekaterin Kovatch

    John teaches you the songs you want to learn and goes at a pace that's right for you. He's personable, friendly, and patient while teaching. Great teacher 👏

  • Jolene Westmann

    John is very patient and friendly. My son has autism and John just makes him so comfortable. My son has greatly improved his guitar playing since working with John. He has bought enthusiasm and fun to music lessons !

  • Shawn Valandra

    John came to our family thru a guitar lessons service and is our 3rd instructor but easily the best one we have had in 2 years! He listens to Dylan (10 years old) and tailors Dylan's lessons to what Dylan wants to learn and pushes him to learn more. John instills confidence in Dylan in such a way that Dylan has grown so much more in his lessons than before with our previous instructors. John has also adjusted his schedule when we needed to and also provided great zoom lessons when covid had the state shut down. I would highly recommend John for music lessons for anyone/everyone!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

In the initial meeting I assess the student's wants and needs. This allows me to tailor interesting yet challenging lessons to further their progress. The process varies according to the student's level of musical familiarity. In all cases, I ensure that there is an attentiveness to technique in order to develop beneficial playing habits.   

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Cello, Baritone, Trumpet - Heard Elementary '79 - '84

Classical Guitar - Central High '84 - '88, Phoenix College '90 - '93

Jazz Guitar - Phoenix College '90 - '91, Private Instruction '91 - '94

I've also been actively performing in bands since 1991. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$25 30 min

$30 45 min

$40 60 min

How did you get started teaching?

I began teaching my junior year of high school.  My Classical Guitar instructor was also the head of the Music Department and didn't really play guitar. He was a Classical Pianist and could impart the theories quite well, but was challenged by the physical dynamics on the guitar.  I approached him regarding this fact and offered my services and thus became a student teacher for the beginning Classical Guitar class. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with a wide range of ages (6 - 74), abilities (Down Syndrome, Autism, ADD/ADHD) and experience levels.  I've taught a range of styles (rock/blues/jazz/classical) as well. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I'm always fond of playing live shows with my band. The ability to musically connect not only with my fellow band mates, but then also to an audience, is an experience I'm pretty sure I'll never tire of. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Be sure you're ready to devote the time and energy needed to attain whatever level you're looking to achieve. Find a teacher that inspires you to do so.  

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What is it that you're looking to get out of playing the guitar?   How much time and effort to do you have to dedicate to it?